This Month's Vinyl Picks: July 2017
Beyoncé, Arcade Fire and the soundtracks for Baby Driver and Labyrinth are amongst our vinyl picks for the month of July...
Beyoncé - Lemonade
It has been more than a year since the release of Lemonade, the sixth album from Beyoncé that would have taken home the Grammy for Best Album in any other year except 2016, when Adele's long-awaited 25 saw her leave this year's ceremony clutching another armful of awards. However, despite Lemonade's near-universal acclaim, up until now there has been no vinyl release of the album, but that will all change this month when fans will finally get a chance to own this limited edition 2 LP, double-gatefold version pressed onto lemonade-coloured 180g vinyl.
David Bowie and Trevor Jones - Labyrinth OST
Ever since the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's much-loved 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth rolled around last year, rumours have been doing the rounds about the possibility of a vinyl reissue for the film's soundtrack – which, of course, features some memorable contributions from the late, great David Bowie, who also stars in the film alongside Jennifer Connelly. A 4K remaster of the film itself came and went, but no soundtrack emerged.
However, in April this year fans' wishes were finally granted with the announcement that a vinyl reissue is indeed on its way and due to arrive in stores on July 7th. Pressed onto 180g black vinyl, the soundtrack features a faithfully reproduced sleeve with the same art work as the 1986 original, as well as a download voucher so you can listen to 'Magic Dance' on the bus like you know you want to...
Various Artists: Baby Driver OST
The second of our soundtrack picks for July is this awesome collection of gems featured in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which arrived in UK cinemas this week. The double-LP vinyl edition is set to land on the shelves on July 21st and includes tracks from a broad range of artists, including The Commodores, T. Rex, Incredible Bongo Band, Queen, Young MC and, of course, 'Chase Me', the track produced by Danger Mouse for the film which features Outkast's Big Boi and Run the Jewels duo El-P and Killer Mike. Probably one of the best soundtrack compilations you'll see this year, and we'd highly recommend the film too. (You can also pre-order an exclusive Baby Driver steelbook here in our online store).
Arcade Fire: Everything Now (Day Version)
Arcade Fire look set for a triumphant return this month when their fifth album, Everything Now, arrives in stores on July 14th. The album has been co-produced by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Pulp bassist Steve Mack and Markus Dravs, who has worked with the band on their previous three albums. The new album features the already-unveiled title track and the single 'Creature Comfort', and thevinyl edition is pressed onto 180g black vinyl.
Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson: Lycka
If you're a fan of the all-conquering Swedish pop foursome, there has been quite a bit to get excited about recently. Firstly there's the reissue of their greatest hits collection Gold, which has just been repressed onto gold vinyl and released on the last day of June; then there's the upcoming project involving former Spice Girls impresario Simon Fuller - believed to be a virtual reality experience of some sort and probably the closest fans will ever get to a proper reformation - which is currently scheduled to arrive in 2018. In the meantime though there's more good news as July will see the reissue of several solo albums by the band's members, each of them available on limited edition coloured vinyl.
Perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is Lycka, the 1970 album by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson which features backing vocals from Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, representing the first time all the members of ABBA appeared together on record. There's a standard black vinyl edition, but the one we'd go for is this limited blue and yellow splatter vinyl, matching the Swedish flag on Benny's guitar. All six reissues are due to arrive in stores on July 28th. You can find the rest of them here in our online store.
Kendrick Lamar: Damn
Kendrick Lamar's fourth album arrived in April to universal acclaim, but the vinyl version has been lagging behind somewhat and even though it was announced within a week of the album's arrival, the vinyl has been a little slow out of the blocks, but finally lands on the shelves in stores on July 14th. Available on 180g black vinyl, Damn arrives as a 2 LP double-gatefold edition which features the singles 'DNA' and Humble', as well as guest appearances from the likes of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Ratboy and Kaytranada.
Public Service Broadcasting: Every Valley
Play It Again Sam
The electronic duo return with their third album in July and, just like their first two, there's the usual mix of driving rhythms, archival sampling grand, thematic concepts. Where the first couple of LPs have seen them tackle the ups-and-downs of human endeavour through war and the race for space, this time they turn their attention closer to home with an album written around the themes of industrial decline in Britain and the lasting effects on the communities built around industries like coal mining. The new album features appearance from Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell and Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, and the vinyl edition arrives in stores along with all other formats on July 7th.
Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Volume 1
Just a couple of years ago, the world's most bankable DJ was making noises to the effect that his 2014 album, Motion, might be his last, suggesting that albums as a format were on their way out. (Ah, that old chestnut. Honestly, if we had a pound...)
Once again though, rumours of the album's death appear to have been greatly exaggerated and today sees Harris return with a new full-length offering with the catchy title Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, but while you can get hold of the CD or a download right now, unfortunately you'll have to wait a little longer for the vinyl version. Don't worry though, there isn't too long to wait and the vinyl edition will arrive in stores on July 28th.
Paul Simon: Paul Simon
Sony Music CMG
Although not technically his first solo album – that came in 1965 with The Paul Simon Songbook, released only in the UK and then deleted – Paul Simon was the first solo album the singer-songwriter released worldwide, and also his first since the split from his former musical partner Art Garfunkel. The last time his eponymous solo album was released on vinyl was a limited run for Record Store Day in 2013, but on July 7th a remastered version is due to be released on 180g black vinyl. The album features the songs 'Mother and Son' and the superb 'Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard', which is reason enough in itself to grab yourself a copy.
Sony Music CMG
Originally released in 2001, the third album from dance outfit Faithless remains the biggest-selling in the UK, and while a remastered reissue was released on vinyl in the Netherlands in 2011, the album hasn't been available on vinyl in the UK since its original release. That changes on July 7th though, when a double-gatefold, 2 LP edition arrives in hmv stores for the first time in more than 15 years. Containing the smash-hit single 'We Come 1', Outrospective features some of the group's best moments and is definitely worth ading to your collection if you're an old school raver.